Discussion in 'Camping' started by NickMaul, Feb 13, 2012.
DID IT AND SURVIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT! Camped sunday june 3rd into monday june 4th and during the day conditions were beautilful. When the sun went down it got very very VERY windy. I had to dig a hole in the sand and bury a 50+lb cooler and take 3 tie downs and strap them to the tent poles. The wind wanted to turn that big tent of mine into a kite. It was definitely an adventure and i'd do it again tomorrow. There is NOTHING to do and i absoultely loved it. Very peaceful and relaxing. Had to drive 11 miles down the coast from the drop off point on the beach and through the trails. After 6 or so the place turned into a ghost island, didnt see anybody. Can't wait to go back.
Oh yeah, you need a couple of little tents like these:
That's a three man Big Agnes (grey, center) and a REI two main (yellow, right). And we still have to guy those out when the wind picks up!
When I was young there was a small store/fuel dock and 3 cabins for rent in the hook at the lighthouse. Our family would take dad's boat from Harkers Island to stay in the cabins where we would fish the sound and ocean, beachcomb for days in the summer. An old couple named Sally and Les lived there year round and ran the store/cabins before it was a Park. I remember walking on the beach for days and seeing nobody, and very few boats even. There was a graveyard of old rusty cars they used to fortify the dunes. I remember pulling chromed hood ornaments off a few. It still is as beautifull as before but a few more visitors these days.
I was just out there in April, I love the Island.
If you know the tides you can camp anywhere, this was by the rock jetty 20ft from the water
How are the bugs in April? Maybe a crazy question, but what is the best month to go to avoid the bug issue? Or is it just year-round?
I have been there when the wind was really up. It would flatten out a medium sizel dome tent and flex the poles to the point that the roof was touching you in your sleeping bag. Watch the NC rule book on flounder fishing, it changes from one side of the island to the other. Dont ask me how I know this.
April is a beach great month to go to cape lookout, camp on the beach an the breeze will keep the bugs down, the next best time will be late oct through nov. As far as Flounder fishing goes 15" min. length and 6 per person per day max. anywhere on the island. gigged or hook and line doesn't matter. same limts apply anywhere on NC coast.
Glad they changed it...It was corn fusing. Then again, it might not have been Lookout... I just remember the ticket for a flounder that was legal 20 feet away on the other side of the point.
That rock jetty area looked cool. I went all the way to the end at the point. Some really cool views down there. Looking forward to going back.
Yeah... the wind is something. We had our tent set up with the "L" angle stakes and some HEAVY logs. Wind picked up, and took the tent (with the logs still attached) and warped it around the back half of my truck. You can see the biggest dent in this pic.
Can you take pop ups on the ferry and camp on the beach?
But you have to pay extra on the ferry since you take up 2 vehicle spaces.
And, use this ferry service: http://cape-lookout-cabins-camps-ferry-davis-nc.com/ , not the "other" one Shawn posted
Are there any showers that you can use if your just beach camping. Were looking at going for 5 days in April
Yes there is a bath house located by the cabins with toilets and showers.
This times 1 billion. I went with some scouts one year before it got cold enough to kill the mosquitoes and we were in our tents by 8pm out of necessity from the mosquitoes being so bad. It was ok during the day with a breeze but once the sun went down it was like a horror movie. It didn't matter if you had deet 100 either.
Great pics! My family has a house in the town of Atlantic just across the sound from Portsmouth Island. Always great fishing and its always nice to be pretty much the only people on the beach. trumps myrtle beach everytime
I like that PVC Rod/cooler holder, did you make it?. I've made some myself for my boat.
It is homemade but I didn't make it, I borrow it from a guy I work with. Been meaning to build my own.
Just admit it: You're scared to ride in the little boat.
I've used the "other" one several times without issue. I will using the newer one this next time just cause I like the drive on drive off over backing on or off. It will be my first time using the newer ferry service.
Nah, the owner is good friends with my father in law, so I try to support him as much as I can. Plus, I know how the "little" boat operates I've heard of numerous citations for the operators being drunk.
Mac and crew at the new service are awesome! Great service, awesome tackle and bait shop, and fair pricing.
Tried out the newer ferry service. It was good, not sure why anyone including them keep talking about how great their prices are cause they are the highest priced ferry I've been on. Never had any issues with the "little" boat but I do like the convince of not backing on or off the ferry.
What are the ferry prices?